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What's more dangerous: Motorcycles or horses?

motorcycles or horses?Motorcycle accidents take the lives of about 5,000 Americans each year.  Most of these accidents involve collision with another vehicle, but about one-fourth involve only the motorcycle (plus, usually, a solid object such as a tree).  About half of the deceased motorcyclists were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident, about half had alcohol in their systems, and well over 90 percent were males. 

Horse accidents, by way of comparison, kill only about two Americans each year (with young females disproportionately overrepresented).  There are about 7 million motorcycles in the country, and about 10 million horses (not all are ridden, of course).  So motorcycles are clearly more dangerous than horses.

 


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